Searchlight install

Discussion in 'Sport Cruisers' started by Todd M Caldwell, Jan 4, 2019.

  1. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    "Shine the light over there. No, more to the left. Higher now. Listen to me!" (;-) just me. I want to be in control when at the helm.
     
  2. Loyd Dinneen

    Loyd Dinneen Member

    304
    Jul 29, 2017
    Las Vegas
    1977 Sea ray 240 SDA cruiser w/ twin 470 mercs.
    Twin 470 Mercruisers
    You sound like a captain that I worked for out on the Bering Sea fishing. He was a bit of a control freak too. LOL I am on a lake and when it becomes night I have already found my fishing hole and parked for the night. The light is for spoting fish and the shore for coyotes and rattle snakes. LOL I guess also if I go to another spot and who ever I have with me will know what to do.
     
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  3. Cocktail Time

    Cocktail Time Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    729
    Jul 9, 2007
    Lake Lanier, GA
    1998 400 Sundancer, Garmin 840xs GPS, Furuno RDP-110, B&G GPS pilot etc.
    Cat 3116's, Westerbeke 7.6kw
    Todd, back to your original question about wiring. I would check to see if there isn't already a set of wires in your bow for a spotlight. I remember reading a thread on here a while ago that Sea Ray wired them all and you can add the switch and light later pretty easily.
     
  4. Loyd Dinneen

    Loyd Dinneen Member

    304
    Jul 29, 2017
    Las Vegas
    1977 Sea ray 240 SDA cruiser w/ twin 470 mercs.
    Twin 470 Mercruisers
    While working on the front anchor hatch on my 77 searay I see that there is a set of 12 ga wires up there that I believe would go to a light. It could also go for the front running lights even though it seems to be a bit heavy duty, I have yet to test them to see if it is controlled by a switch or is constantly hot.
     
  5. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer, Raymarine C80 suite with radar, Mercury 310 Hypalon w/8hp Yammie 2stk
    2X 454 carbs w/ vDrives
    There wasn’t on my 97 330. I had to run my own wires.
     
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  6. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    This is a pic of the light I installed on our 370 Express. Welded a stainless plate on the bow rail and ran the wires into the anchor locker and from there back to the helm. Looked and worked very nicely. Did not look like an afterthought. Added the flag staff at the same time which was removable using a stainless pin through the pole and socket.
     
  7. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    This is a similar light on our 300 Weekender using the identical approach as was used on our 370 Express.
     
  8. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    This the light on our 260 Express. Proved to be a bad location and the light did not withstand heavy seas. Boat came this way from the factory and was poorly conceived and executed. The factory original on the 300 Weekender looked better but was just as flimsy. The light on that boat in the prior pic is one I installed after the factory supplied product failed in the first season.
     
  9. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer, Raymarine C80 suite with radar, Mercury 310 Hypalon w/8hp Yammie 2stk
    2X 454 carbs w/ vDrives
    Here is mine. Its a Jabsco installed where the OEM one would have been. Was hard to run the wires from the helm all the way up and I had to extend the Jabsco wiring with heavy wiring because it was about 10 feet too short.

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